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Can I become a veterinary nurse if I'm allergic to animals?

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    • Thread Starter

    This is quite long I apologise!

    Ever since I was a little kid I loved animals. My family tell me how I always used to say "I wanna be a vet when I'm older" and I thoroughly believed I would, despite not being able to be near cats for longer than five minutes before my eyes became itchy and puffy and I'd enter a sneezing fit. As I got older I started to think more 'realistically' and thought it would never work out.

    Now I'm 17, in my A2 year of sixthform and completing two very alternate courses that don't really relate to each other (or this dream of working with animals), I'm doing a health and social care diploma and A-level graphics. I realise I'll be in education for another 2-4 years if I do decide to go down the animal care route (vet nursing is what I'm looking into) but I kinda like learning anyway. I would be doing either an apprenticeship or degree.

    For a while I thought I would go into nursing and have been volunteering on a ward and don't seem to enjoy it all that much. As bad as it sounds I definitely feel much more passionate and empathetic towards sick animals than I do sick people.

    I've read articles about vets who are seriously allergic to animals yet still thoroughly enjoy their job (even if they are drugged up on antihistamines). Have you or anyone you know worked in animal care despite allergies? Also I'm planning on doing some volunteering at the dog shelter soon to see just how bad my allergies are.

    Any help will be appreciated!

    (Original post by ChloeSmith1718)
    despite not being able to be near cats for longer than five minutes before my eyes became itchy and puffy and I'd enter a sneezing fit.
    Is this even safe for the animals you would be nursing?

    EDIT: According to Page 7 of the linked document (download is on the page linked), it depends on the extent of your allergy.

    • Thread Starter

    Thank you for finding this. I guess I'm just going to have to see how I am around the dogs in the kennels, I think (or at least hope) my allergies aren't as bad as they were when I was a kid as I've been around family member's dogs and I'm fine so long as I wash my hands and don't rub my face after petting them.
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